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D.C. Methane Leaks Threaten Explosions, Climate

D.C. Methane Leaks Threaten Explosions, Climate

Nearly 5,900 methane and other gas leaks have been found in ageing natural gas pipelines in Washington, D.C., where some manholes were found to have methane levels 10 times the threshold for an explosion — concentrations as high as 500,000 parts per million (ppm) of natural gas.… Read More

U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increased in 2013

U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increased in 2013

2013 energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. are expected to have increased 2 percent last year over 2012 emissions once all the data for the year are tallied, while emissions may increase slightly — 0.7 percent — in 2014.… Read More

Trains Will Still Move Oil Despite Wrecks, Keystone XL

Trains Will Still Move Oil Despite Wrecks, Keystone XL

Each of these disasters, most recently the viral images of the fiery mushroom cloud rising above the wrecked BNSF Railway train in Casselton carrying North Dakota Bakken shale crude, is likely to symbolize the risks associated with fracking, producing and transporting crude oil in the U.S. and Canada.… Read More

Coal Places Australia Second in Carbon Emissions

Coal Places Australia Second in Carbon Emissions

Australia is pumping out more carbon emissions to achieve its economic growth than almost any other major economy, while a quarter of its mammal species are threatened with extinction, according to a major new environmental audit. A report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Australia was second only to Estoni… Read More

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Remarkable new figures from Spain's grid operator have revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from the country's power sector are likely to have fallen 23.1 percent last year, as power generation from wind farms and hydroelectric plants soared. Red Eléctrica de España (REE) released a preliminary report on the country's power system late last month… Read More

Six Degrees: Deep Freezes, a New Climate Series & More

Six Degrees: Deep Freezes, a New Climate Series & More

A visual tour of the week's top climate news from around the world… Read More

EIA: Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

EIA: Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

The newly updated state energy profiles show how Texas’ oil wells can be a source of geothermal electricity, New York and California are leaders in energy efficiency despite also being among the nation’s largest energy consumers, and Iowa’s ethanol production contributes to it being one of the most energy-intensive states in the U.S.… Read More

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study. The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4ºC (39.2ºF) by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerou… Read More